The biggest recreation centre in the western part of the Šumava mountains. it is situated at a height of 774 metres in the Železnorudská Hornatina highlands in the wide valley below the mountains Špičák and Pancíř. Originally Železná ruda was a community on the local provincial path, near iron ore mines, and later a glassworks was founded here. The town has a large number of tourist facilities and works recreation houses. The Baroque church of St. Mary from 1727 to 1732 has a twelve-sided ground-plan.